Salmon and Trout Fisheries (Report)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th June 1966.

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Photo of Mr Bill Baker Mr Bill Baker , Banffshire 12:00 am, 15th June 1966

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received, and from what sources, following his invitation to the public for observations after the publication of the Hunter Report.

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

More than 100 representations have been received from a wide range of sources. The opinions expressed are so varied that it would not be possible for me to summarise them here.

Photo of Mr Bill Baker Mr Bill Baker , Banffshire

As the Report has been in the right hon. Gentlemen's hands for ten months now, can he say when he is likely to implement it or otherwise, and can he confirm or deny that a survey for a trap has been carried out at the mouth of the River Deveron?

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

We received the Report on 5th August last year, but thereafter I invited representations from any intrested organisation or individual. It was some time before we received all these, and it was only fair to wait till we received them before we started our assessment. It may well be that I shall ask to see some of these organisations, and they may want to make personal representations to me. Therefore, it will be some time yet before we can come to the point of making decisions about future legislation in this matter. If the hon. Gentleman will put down a Question on his last point, I shall be glad to answer it.